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Detroit Judge To Hear Motion Against Federal Immigration Authorities Monday

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A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments today about alleged strong-arm tactics against Iraqi detainees.

The ACLU represents several hundred Iraqi immigrants who face deportation orders for crimes – many of which were committed years ago and for which sentences were already served.

The ACLU of Michigan says immigration agents are telling detainees if they don’t sign a document saying they want to go back to Iraq, they’ll be criminally prosecuted – and detained indefinitely.

“That is absolutely appalling strong-arm tactics,” said ACLU attorney Miriam Aukerman.

Aukerman says the ACLU also wants the judge to make sure they are able to speak to their clients – some of whom have already signed the document.

Many of the detainees are Christians who face religious persecution if they return to Iraq.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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